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ikeGPS™ powered by u-blox

u-blox and Surveylab has unveiled the successful integration of u-blox’ LEA GPS receiver module into Surveylab’s ikeGPS remote data capture products. It is a combination of positioning technology from u-blox with a 3D compass, laser rangefinder and digital camera.

NovAtel Precision Receiver Firmware

NovAtel Inc. has launched version 3.700 firmware for their OEMV family of GNSS precision receivers. It features L5 tracking capabilities and includes enhancements to NovAtel’s single frequency RTK positioning solution, RT-2 L1TE, and to the company’s ALIGN heading technology. RT-2 L1TE was upgraded to receive SBAS measurements as well as GPS and GLONASS signals.

DataGrid launches New GNSS receiver

DataGrid Inc. has released its programmable DGRx-GNSS receiver for OEM integrators as well as a highsensitivity mode for DGRx-GNSS that allows the receiver to track the L1 and L2C codes transmitted by GPS and GLONASS satellites down to a signal level of only 15 dB-Hz.

L-3 Interstate new GPS Receivers

L-3 Interstate Electronics Corporation (IEC) announced two additional configurations of its miniaturized hardened GPS receiver and one new configuration of its GPS-based guidance and navigation unit (GNU). It includes a 1.75 x 2.45-inch, low-power, highaccuracy design and a 3.07 x 0.93-inch design for projectiles.

Navman Wireless debuts Jupiter3

Navman has released Jupiter3 GPS receiver module. It is based on SiRF Technologies’ GSC3f/LPx chipset. Its low power consumption (11.5mA ATP), high sensitivity (-159dBm), and low cost is a good combination for vehicle, object, and even personal positioning products.

IntergraphR unveils Public Safety Interoperability Framework

IntergraphR unveiled its advanced multi-agency and multi-jurisdictional data sharing with the introduction of its Interoperability Framework, an interoperability platform which supports industry standard information exchanges, such as the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM). The Framework enables public safety agencies to transfer CAD information using industry-standard formats, allowing for the easy multi-point exchange of information across software applications.

Nexteq Navigation

Nexteq PAD110 series is a dual-frequency precise autonomous receivers offers sub 20 cm autonomous positioning with virtually no convergence and without using base stations or precise corrections.

New MapInfo® MapXtreme®

Pitney Bowes Business Insight announced new MapInfo MapXtreme v7.0, SDK for integrating location intelligence with existing business systems. It is a development solution for creating mapcentric and location-enabled applications. The version features improved flexibility and data access, customization capabilities and interoperability with Bing and Google Maps.

Ricoh’s picture-based mapping for GIS handhelds

Ricoh Americas introduced a new solution that provides seamless integration between any WiFi-enabled handheld GPS devices and its 500SE-W digital camera. The solution addresses the needs of mobile GIS professionals that require high quality images to be associated to mapping points collected in different mapping applications.

Magellan introduces ProFlex 500 and MobileMapper™ 6

Magellan Professional ProFlex 500 base station is a new GNSS solution with enhanced multi-data streaming that offers easy access to RTK corrections for realtime centimetre-accurate land survey and high-accuracy GIS applications. It provides survey and GIS professionals an efficient and cost-effective alternative to public or private network corrections. New MobileMapper™ 6 improves the “Go To” feature by allowing users to choose a new destination by entering point coordinates in the selected coordinate system. It also adds six new languages, Polish, Russian, Czech, Hungarian, Romanian and Bulgarian accessible through the user interface. Autodesk pirated software seizures Autodesk has seized pirated copies of its ‘AutoCAD 2007’ software with a total value of AED 1 million, from an engineering consultancy firm in Abu Dhabi.

ESRI Business Analyst Server

The new version of ESRI Business Analyst Server includes many new sharing and usability enhancements designed to speed report delivery and help users conduct more precise business analysis. Custom report templates can now be created and then uploaded to Business Analyst Server. Developers can also consume the report output in XML format to supply data for application features.

Pictometry Patent infringement suit

Pictometry International has filed a patent infringement suit against Geospan Corporation in the U.S. District Court Coordinates November 2009 | 41 for the Western District of New York in Rochester, New York. The suit alleges that Geospan has infringed on its patent, U.S. Patent No. 5,247,356 which relates to its digital aerial oblique imagery and its photogrammetric method and apparatus.

ERDAS releases

ERDAS has released ERDAS IMAGINE 2010, LPS 2010, ERDAS APOLLO 2010 and other desktop and enterprise products. It has also introduced IMAGINE Feature Interoperability and IMAGINE SAR Interferometry.

INSPIRE-ready technology

Snowflake has released GO Loader 1.6 and GO Publisher 1.4. It provide an outof- the-box platform for organisations to realise INSPIRE compliance, as well as future proof their existing technology infrastructure and eliminate the threat of unnecessary software development or upgrade costs.

OmniSTAR receiver by Geneq

Geneq introduced an OmniSTARcompatible receiver for sub-metre mapping wherever OmniSTAR VBS is broadcast. The SXBlue II-L is capable of receiving OmniSTAR sub-metre corrections in all regions of the world. It also incorporates SBAS signal processing for using WAAS, EGNOS and MSAS, and future SBAS signals. The ability to select from either OmniSTAR or SBAS provides GIS professionals a sub-metre mapping solution.

vSafe Software in UNEP’s WCMC

The United Nations Environment Programme’s World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) have invited Safe Software into their Proteus Partnership. The goal of Proteus is to provide industry decision makers with access to the best possible data on location and distribution of biodiversity to support risk management and safeguard the Earth’s biodiversity and ecosystems.

HP expands Large-format portfolio

HP has expanded its large-format portfolio. The range of new workgroup printers, software solutions and media choices are designed to help technical firms that specialize in architecture, engineering and construction (AEC), GIS applications, and mechanical CAD to drive new business opportunities.

Blue Marble GeoTranslate beta

Blue Marble Geographics has released Beta Version of GeoTranslate 5.1 with Spatial Connect along with GeoTransform 6.1. They are incorporated into the Blue Marble’s GeoCore SDK an allin –one geospatial data translation developer toolkit that supports coordinate, geometry, vector, CAD, raster, and LiDAR data.

At a Glance

Mergers, Acquisitions and Partnerships

►RAMTeCH Software Solutions acquires Tier 3 Inc.
►Hexagon to acquire the Spatial Systems division of Loyola Enterprises Inc.
►Bentley has acquired 9SQ, South Korea. To acquire KSJ Beijing Software Technology Co. Ltd.
►China TransInfo acquires Beijing UNISITS.
►POWER Engineers acquires VELOCITIE.
►RapidEye appoints AAMHatch as distributor.
►Lotus appointed distributor of RapidEye data in Taiwan.
►NAVTEQ map data and content for the ALK Technologies CoPilot Live GPS products.
►ESRI Spain to be a distributor of 3-GIS.
►MAG Group to promote Spot Infoterra products and services in China.
►IGES, Japan, and ICIMOD Kathmandu has signed MoU in research on climate change, water, and forestry issues in the Hindu Kush-Himalayan region.
►Linfox has chosen Trimble in the US, and Telstra in Australia, to provide mobile resource management solution for its Asian operation.
►Rolta Asia Pacifi c has partnered with AAMHatch to provide Oblique Imagery throughout the Asia Pacific Region.
►AeroGRID has extended its European footprint by welcoming MGGP Aero as a partner.
►CR Kennedy appointed exclusive sales representative for IXSEA products in Australia.
►ERDAS and Observera to develop an integrated solution based on ERDAS APOLLO technology.

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